Departmental Affiliation: Sociology
The goals of the social work profession is multi-faceted and includes counseling, crisis intervention, diagnosis, evaluation or assessment of client's status and needs, and resource referral. Social workers work in a wide variety of settings that provide direct care or as referral agents for clients to locate an array of services in the community, such as substance abuse rehabilitation, healthcare, housing, childcare, eldercare, adoption services, foster care, grief counseling, or job training. In addition, social workers work in organizations that provide emergency or disaster relief services to individuals, families and the community. They can be found in city, county, state, or federal agencies, as well as in non-profit organizations serving the community, such as schools, hospitals, mental health centers, corrections facilities, or other health and human services settings. Employment in for-profit private practice agencies is expanding.
Social work as a social services profession is highly rewarding and client-centered, with a strong advocacy focus. Social workers aim to assure that services and resources needed by their clients are provided to them. The demand for social workers is high and is planned to continue to grow in the future, particularly in the areas of healthcare and gerontology. Our program provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in social work.
Social Work Bachelor of Science Degree
Required preparatory lower division courses:
Plus two courses from among the following:
Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units.
Total required units for B.S. in Social Work: 48
*Courses that include fieldwork component